Mind and machine : profile of Marvin Minsky. A once and future hacker -- About intelligent machines -- Programming intelligence -- Science observed. The need to know -- I am this whole world : Erwin Schrödinger -- Einstein and company : the philosophy of science -- Robert Oppenheimer -- Nuclear research : shooting the pussycat -- Topless in Hamburg -- Time -- Furth's reactor and fusion -- Can TV really teach science? -- Out of my mind : entertainments, serious and otherwise. How about a little game? Stanley Kubrick -- Scientific cranks : how to recognize one and what to do until the doctor arrives -- Bubble and squeak -- A cosmic flow -- "A.I."